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Toshiba’s Natural 3D Ultra-slim HDTV In Depth Review

The 42TL515U is an ultra slim, natural 3D TV, measuring at a little over an inch thick and it doesn’t require battery powered 3D glasses. The first thing you will notice when turning the TV on is how long it actually takes to turn on. It literally takes 30sec-1 minute to turn on. This is not an exaggeration. Once you get the TV up and running you have a lot of features included that you could use.

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There are a lot of so-so features on the TV including NetTV which does allow you to use NetFlix, Facebook, and Youtube and allows you to install other Yahoo widgets (including Skype) but it’s slow, clumsy, and lacking especially having to navigate and search with a non-keyboard controller. The functionality is there, but I would rather use an external device is available. The other Yahoo widget apps that are available to download are lacking; some notable one’s are the weather app and NFL app. This TV does have built in wifi so you can connect wireless without attach an external dongle like some older TV’s.

Features

The 42TL515U also includes 2 USB ports which you can play videos, music, and pictures on your TV. The video formats are limited but does support the basics (some .AVI, MKV, and MP4). The television also include passive 3D technology and 2D to 3D conversion. Passive 3D means that you do not need battery operated 3D glasses to watch 3D videos; you can use the movie theater glasses. It works great and the glasses are very inexpensive to replace. The 3D videos are best viewed at eye level and directly in front of the TV but I believe this is usually the case for most passive 3D TV’s. The 2D to 3D technology allows you to convert non 3D videos into 3D videos, however the 3D is minimal and the technology does not work that well. The ClearScan 240hz technology doubles the TV’s 120hz refresh rate.

Autoview

The television comes with an autoview feature which uses the sensors in the front to auto-configure the brightness and backlighting settings. In terms of overall picture quality, the set has good sharpness and clarity with minimal bleeding. The black levels appear decent.

I played my XBox 360 on this TV with some 3D titles as well (Batman Arkham Asylum & Crysis 3). The TV handles games very well (including 3D games) and did not lag at all.

The remote control can light up and has short cuts to NetTV and Netflix but I would like to see a QWERTY keyboard on the remote to enhance the SmartTV features. It takes 2 AAA batteries and is pretty big for a remote.

The sound on the 42TL515U is terrible. It seems like after turning the volume bar pass 25, it’ll just go up numerically but the volume will stay the same level. It can be hard to hear especially in a big room. I find myself needing to turn on the subtitles most the time. I would recommend a soundbar or a sound system to go a long with the TV.

Conclusions

Overall, I would not recommend the TV as there are better budget 3D TV’s out there. The 42TL515U provides just about every feature you can ask for, but it doesn’t perform any of it well. The picture quality is decent with minimal bleeding but the TV takes a long time to turn on and the sound quality just does not go high enough.

123Movies Alternatives to watch TV Shows online

With the emergence of the Internet, having a television or purchasing any kind of cable package is not the basic factor for enjoying TV shows or movies. Nowadays, you have various websites that allow you to watch free online TV shows.

But keep in mind that most of them are not legal. There are certain TV sites that scam you by making you sign up for a fee. And there are others who will coax you in adding some kind of suspicious extensions to the browser that end up being malware.

List Of Free TV Shows

The following are the list of the best alternatives and free streaming TV sites where you can watch movies and tv shows legally.

● Crackle

One of the best 123Movies alternatives, entertainment platforms for watching the best TV shows for free is Crackle. Owned by Sony, it is a trustworthy one and provides excellent as well as reliable quality programs.

Here you might come across various awesome TV shows like The Shield, Seinfeld, The Friends, etc. Most importantly, there is no limit on the number of videos you can watch and there is the option of using free iOS and Android apps for watching shows online.

● Tubi

If you want a premium TV streaming site where you won’t have to sign up, then Tubi is a perfect choice. Tubi allows you to develop a watch list of all your favorite shows and you can resume the playbacks on various devices. Not only it has a clean and neat interface, but it also contains various categories of TV comedies, drama, reality TV and crime TV.

Besides having more and better collection of movies compared to their TV series, still, they are worth checking out. It has the best streaming quality which can enrich your viewing experience and allows you to switch among various devices.

● Yahoo View

Some years back, Hulu stopped its popular TV streaming services. This disappointed a lot of people who enjoyed viewing uninterrupted entertainment. But luckily, Yahoo has picked up the role by partnering with Hulu and starting a new service called Yahoo View. This provides all but not the whole content that was already available for free on Hulu.

● Hotstar

This is primarily focused on the Indian users and is very famous or you can commonly use for live streaming of cricket matches and HBO shows. Even though the live sports and HBO shows are streamed at affordable prices, still they provide free Indian channels like Life OK, Star Plus, etc. This provides a great option for Hindi TV show lovers and even for the regional language lovers too.

● Popcornflix

This is one of the best free TV streaming websites where you can watch some of the best TV shows legally. You might come across various original content hosted here related to various categories like comedy, action, horror, sci-fi, etc which rounds up to somewhere around 100 TV series.

Wrapping Up

The above are some of the best online TV streaming service platforms. Of course, there are various other ones and you can simply research online to know more about them.